Ways of Seeing Simpkins Hall

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Originally constructed in 1938 as the university’s lab school, Simpkins Hall is festooned with symbols appropriate to its original—and continuing— purpose, education. Here we see two symmetrical bas reliefs of flowers and fruit,… Continue reading

2021-2022 ANNOUNCEMENTS

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Award Winning Students Each spring, the English Department awards $20,000 in scholarships and fellowships for our graduate and undergraduate students. We are pleased to announce the following students were awarded English scholarships this spring… Continue reading

PROUST QUESTIONNAIRE WITH MAX WALLACE

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The Proust Questionnaire is a form of interview, popularized by French novelist Marcel Proust, that is focused on the interviewee’s personality. Max Wallace is currently pursuing his M.A in English, with a focus… Continue reading

A LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

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This has been an incredible year of perseverance, persistence, and resilience for the Department of English. Our students, faculty, and staff have dealt with the unprecedented demands of the Covid-19 pandemic, recruited exceptionally… Continue reading

MEET NEW ASSISTANT PROFESSOR DAVID JOHNSON

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The department of English will be welcoming Dr. David Johnson to the faculty this fall. Dr. Johnson’s specialty is in rhetorics of race, antiracist pedagogies, qualitative composition research, writing centers, and graduate writing. M&L:… Continue reading

Meet New Assistant Professor Ashley Beardsley

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Dr. Ashley Beardsley will be joining the English department faculty this fall. Dr. Beardsley specializes in social media and participatory culture, digital literacy, digital writing research, community literacy, rhetorical criticism, craft rhetoric, feminist rhetoric, feminist research… Continue reading

Take Action! Sigma Tau Delta Students at Atlanta National Convention

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This spring I’ve had the privilege to serve as the President of WIU’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. Our chapter had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Atlanta, Georgia… Continue reading

English Alum Ayana Contreras Reads at Western

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English department alumna Ayana Contreras (B.A. 2006) returned to campus on Friday, February 25th as a Fred and Lola Austin Case Writer in Residence to read from her new book, Energy Never Dies:… Continue reading

Tribal School Initiative Student Teacher Adrienne Tinsley

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English Education student Adrienne Tinsley completed her student teaching as the first Tribal School Initiative student teacher. Here she is talking about her experience!

Sculpted Words

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Six stanzas and an envoi. The dizzying pattern that set my path straight. I first came across the sestina in an Intro to Poetry class at Black Hawk College. The assignment read as… Continue reading